Solar agreement is anything but nothing but net

solar agreementBy Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

The battle between utilities and solar companies over net metering ended in a ceasefire this year, with both sides agreeing to sit down with a mediator and try to hammer out a compromise instead of fighting it out on the ballot.

There’s a lot of history for both sides to overcome – years of attacks in the media and skirmishes at the Arizona Corporation Commission – before they can arrive at some sort of consensus.

And the two sides still have a major gulf in their views on solar and how it should be addressed in ratemaking. Solar companies such as SolarCity believe solar provides a net benefit to the electrical grid. Utilities like Arizona Public Service say solar customers aren’t paying their fair share to maintain the grid and that shifts costs to non-solar customers.

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